Simma.Nu, the world’s leading source of news about the Scandanavian swimming community, is reporting that Lotte Friis is the latest swimmer who will join Bob Bowman’s crew in North Baltimore.
Friis, who today swam her first ever open water race (which she won in a course record), won silvers in both the 800 and 1500 freestyles at the World Championships in Barcelona a month ago. She was the swimmer who went toe-to-toe with American Katie Ledecky in that instant-classic 1500 freestyle where both swimmers crushed the old World Record.
We spoke with North Baltimore head coach Bob Bowman, who said that Lotte will be joining the club for a few months to “see how it goes” before deciding on the long term.
Friis, in the lead up to Worlds, headed to Nice, France to train with one of the world’s really great middle distance freestylers Camille Muffat. As that program has gone through a lot of turmoil with head coach Fabrice Pellerin having some public disagreements with his star swimmers, Muffat will depart despite her success in Barcelona.
Now, she’ll head across the Atlantic with her former Nice teammate Yannick Agnel and join a group that includes Conor Dwyer, Tom Luchsinger, and eventually is expected to include the return of Allison Schmitt after she completes her education at Georgia.
So from one incredible middle-distance swimmer in Nice, to another in Schmitt. Friis and Ledecky could see each other more often in-season this year, with the two now training only about 45 miles apart (Ledecky at Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, and Friis at NBAC.